Looting in GW2 is not fun in my opinion.
I had this feeling since the first BWE and it stayed with me through all iterations of the Beta/Stress events so far. The experience and actual action of looting in the game feels like an afterthought, even though it's traditionally one of the pillars of the RPG experience.
For those who didn't play the game yet or didn't pay attention:
Looting starts by seeing inconspicuous white sparkles rising from some killed mobs.
After having been able to actually see the white sparkles on for instance snowy ground you need to move to the corpse until a pop-up tells you to press F to loot. Then you spam F, especially if you got more than one corpse to loot.
Depending on if you dis- or enabled Autoloot you will either get a pop-up window or a vertical column of the looted items on the right border of the screen.
There is no sensation of surprise or a visually appealing animation of a new item landing on the ground like in GW1. There is no sound effect when you pick up loot, like a clothy sound of stuffing something into a bag. It's very concealed and it feels inconsequential like it didn't actually happen were it not for the pop-ups telling you that it did.
All in all looting is not an enjoyable experience and it's nothing I am looking forward to after a fight. I'm actually always afraid I didn't loot a corpse properly because the sparkles only disappear a second after you hit F, giving you an ambiguous signal. In fact I have seen countless people in YouTube videos running past sparkling corpses, either because they didn't care or didn't notice it.
I wish lootable corpses were marked better, with a golden aura instead or another visually more obvious effect. There could also be a chime-y sound to give an audible clue.
Hitting F could make a "stuff away" sound to signalise that loot had indeed been picked up. Finally the animated marking effect needs to disappear immediately when F was hit to avoid confusion.
I agree that adding some audio feedback would enhance looting, at the very least let me know that I did, in fact, loot something. The devs did mention something about a "Sense of hitting" when working on combat audio, I feel like there ought to be a "Sense of getting" for looting.
Edited by Massive Jawbone, 24 August 2012 - 02:52 PM.